[artinfo] General Organology

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Tue Nov 18 15:58:25 CET 2014

General Organology

The Co-individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organisations and Techne

20-21-22 November 2014, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication 
of Bernard Stiegler's landmark book, La Technique 
et le temps 1, which first outlined the project 
of a general organology, this conference aims to 
survey the range of twentieth-century and 
contemporary philosophical accounts, scientific 
theories and technical innovations that intersect 
an organological dimension. Within this 
overarching theme, the goal of the conference is 
to weave together different perspectives and 
disciplines from neurosciences to ecology, from 
the digital humanities to psychology, in order to 
identify and address contemporary issues that 
twenty-first century philosophies have to 
consider. The objective is to enrich the 
philosophical understanding of the interrelations 
between natural, technological, psychological and 
social individuations in order to better read our 
present time and make appropriate plans for the 
future. With this in mind we underline the 
philosophical priority of the question of 
knowledge, without confining it within merely 
cognitive bounds.

Over the last decade, we have witnessed 
spectacular progress in two fields of knowledge, 
namely digital technology and the neurosciences. 
These two fields of theoretical and practical 
knowledge are revolutionising all domains of 
human life, from economy to health care, from art 
to politics. Contemporary philosophies are urged 
to respond to these transformations. Not only are 
the effects of these phenomena fully 
transdisciplinary. In as much as digital 
technologies and brain sciences aspire to 
transform the human dimension of knowledge, the 
question of how to transcend neurocentrism and 
technological determinism remains. Both digital 
technology and neuroscience are reconfiguring a 
spectrum of issues with which philosophy has 
always been concerned, but which it now risks 
failing to address in their renewed form. These 
include the notions of desire, memory, 
imagination, the collective, and the role of 
writing, grammatisation and language itself.

Keynote Speakers:

    Cornelius Borck, Philosophy of Medicine
    Maurizio Lazzarato, Philosopher
    Bernard Stiegler, Philosopher
    Maryanne Wolf, Tufts University
    Francesco Vitale
    Antoinette Rouvroy

Confirmed Speakers:

    Jiewon Baeck
    Riccardo Baldissone
    Mariana Casanova
    Patrick Crogan
    Martin Crowley
    Yuk Hui
    Ian James
    Ilan Kaddouch
    Ganaele Langlois
    Pieter Lemmens
    Michael Lewis
    Gerald Moore
    John Mowitt
    Carlos Natálio
    Ali Rahebi
    Ben Roberts
    Estrella Rojas
    Dominic Smith
    Ben Turner

General Organology is organized by Noötechnics 
collective and is supported by the Faculty of 
Social Sciences (University of Kent), the Centre 
for Critical Thought (University of Kent), the 
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural 
Studies (University of Leeds) and the Institute 
of Research and Innovation (Centre Georges 
Pompidou, Paris).

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